TESSD can assist you in identifying and purchasing your prospect to train or you can elect to train your own dog. You and your dog must meet our requirements in order to become a service dog team. Please thoroughly read our application and training processes for owner trained service dogs before applying.
All dogs entering our owner trained service dog program must be in good health, up-to-date on its shots, and must be spayed or neutered at the appropriate age. The puppy or dog must pass an initial temperament and assessment test. Please be aware that only about 20% of dogs will pass this in-depth test. As with all service dogs in training (SDiT), your dog must continue to pass frequent temperament evaluations throughout training and will stay in the training program at the discretion of TESSD. There is no guarantee that your dog will have a suitable temperament to qualify as a service dog as their personalities evolve. In order to be eligible for this program you must meet strict criteria as we maintain extremely high integrity for all of our owner trained service dog teams.
TESSD requires that owner trained service dog teams train with us for a minimum of one year and that the dog be trained to perform a minimum of 3 tasks to offset the owner’s disability.
The Exceptional Sidekick Service Dogs assists clients in training their own dog to be a service dog. Owner Sidekick Training is extremely challenging, requires discipline and commitment; it can also be incredibly rewarding and therapeutic.